On my previous post, I shared with you my experience with Lakad Pamana’s school outreach at Basuit Elementary School. And if you were able to read it, I mentioned that we spent the rest of the weekend visiting farms and getting exposed with agricultural activities around Bulacan. So this time, I’m going to share you my experience on trying out an agri-tour.
Our First Stop
Before we went to Basuit Elementary School, we actually had a stop over at Teodoro’s Farm. This is where we had our homemade breakfast for that Saturday morning. And surprise! Everything is made of mushroom. So surprised that mushroom can taste this good other than having it on steaks. *chuckles*
After we had our breakfast, we visited their small poultry where pigs and rabbits can be seen. It was a rainy weekend but that didn’t stopped us from going there. It’s a short walk from where we had our breakfast so there’s no struggle for us on visiting this place despite the light rainfall.
But the main highlight of that farm visit is where they harvested the oyster mushroom we ate. Yes, those mushrooms were freshly picked from their small mushroom house. Awesome!
Onto the next, we dropped by at Flourish Farm located at San Ildefonso, Bulacan. It’s another mushroom farm but compared to the first one, this is obviously bigger. The method and preparation steps they’re using is with the help of machines to prepare the mixture.
They also offer trainings to those who would like to venture into mushroom production as well as casual farm visits and consultations.
The last farm we visited is the nearby Duran Farm Agribusiness and Training Center Association, Inc. Among the three farms we’ve visited, this is by far the largest. Perhaps because they have the complete facilities and amenities for you to complete an agricultural program by TESDA.
They even have villas where you can spend overnight with the team during conventions and conferences. Each villa is named after every word from the Filipino folk song, Bahay Kubo. Cool!
Fun Fact: Before this became a farm, Ms. Desiree Duran, owner of the farm used to just plant at the backyard to survive daily struggles.
They also have a greenhouse area where staff plant seeds in seedling trays. Their main product aside from the trainings are actually the seedlings and not the seeds. They just have trusted brands of seeds that they plant in the farm to make sure of the quality of the seeds.
Lucky enough, I was able to try putting the seeds in the seedling tray. That activity made me realize that the reason why most elders wanted to do farming when they’re already old, is because the whole process of planting and/or farming is therapeutic (yes, that’s my inner ‘tita’ talking to you).
Me with my freshly picked oyster mushrooms from Teodoro FarmMy entire agri-tour experience was amazing. Being exposed on farming will make you think twice on wasting your food. If I’ll get a chance again on joining such kind of tour, I will definitely join again. I don’t mind the mud and the stinky smell of the poultry in exchange of experience and knowledge.
How about you? Have you ever tried to go on an agri-tour? Share me your experiences below! If you haven’t tried it, would you wanna experience it?
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post in conjunction with Lakad Pamana and a campaign for Agri-Tourism in areas in Bulacan. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own and based from my experience.